What is the first session like?

Prior to the appointment, I will send you the intake paperwork. If you don't have access to a printer or forget to bring it with you, don't worry! I have extra copies at the office.

Sessions will be 50 minutes in length. We will discuss the paperwork during the first session along with any of your concerns or hesitations. Along with going over the paperwork, I will likely ask more about background and history, family dynamics, current issues, and goals of counseling in order to see the whole picture. 

I get that the counseling process can feel awkward. Outlining your story to a stranger can be extremely difficult. My role is to make you feel as comfortable as possible by providing a safe environment. Also, I offer a laid-back approach in helping you increase your quality of life, make time to take care of yourself, and be the person you want to be.


Will I be in counseling forever?

No. :)

Everyone is unique. Everyone's path in counseling is different. There is no standard duration as everyone's process is guided by their own pace. I do encourage clients to come in at the beginning of the counseling process once a week or bi-weekly in order to establish rapport, collaboration, trust, and stability.

We will frequently evaluate how you are feeling and how you are doing. We may redefine targets and goals as counseling proceeds. It can be a longer process for some; however, as you develop new skills and coping techniques, we may decide that sessions can be pushed back to every three weeks or every month. Eventually, my goal is to have you feel sufficient, comfortable, and enough on your own. 


Do you take insurance?

 

As of right now, I do not take insurance. Insurance companies require a diagnosis to fulfill claims. I do not want anyone being defined by a diagnosis. You are much more than that.

I accept multiple forms of payment: cash, check, credit card, HSA, and PayPal.

I offer a sliding scale based on annual family income if needed. I do not want financial reasons to be why you don't pursue counseling.